Making The Best Of Our Disney VacationThere is always wonderful memories to be made at Disney – no matter if you are evacuated for a hurricane or not! As many of ya’ll know, we were right at the beginning of our week long trip to Disney World (which is a tradition for us each October) when Hurricane Matthew became a real threat to the Orlando area. Unfortunately, our trip was cut short as we were evacuated from Fort Wilderness Campgrounds – which hasn’t happened in 10 years – so we are a part of Disney history now! Despite the extreme shortening of our vacation, we managed to get some fun in while we were there & I want to share with you some tips for planning your next Disney World vacay. I’ll be praying there is no hurricanes for you! 😉
We started our trip out at Dinsey’s Pop Century Resort, which was honestly a good time. This hotel is one of Disney’s value resorts, so they are pretty general when it comes to hotel rooms – but what I actual love is that there is SO much to look at for the kids! The entire resort has larger than life EVERYTHING! There are Disney characters along with iconic pop culture items from various decades. Ryland just kept running around the hotel looking at everything and was totally loving it. It’s also a great place for cool photos & there are 3 large pools, a massive food court, arcade & more! Everything your family needs!
After the two night stay at Pop Century, we then headed to the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds, which is one of our all time favorite places on earth!! Until I married Heath, I had never been camping before & I honestly don’t think I ever really thought about doing so – especially at Disney! But what I realized when we started making this a yearly family tradition was that it adds SO much to the magic of your trip. I get so many questions from people when they hear that we go camping at Disney. It usually starts with “why would you do that?” But, you guys, you have got to try it for yourself!!
First of all, Fort Wilderness is located on prime real estate in Disney – along the same waters as their most expensive and luxurious resorts, like the Polynesian, Contemporary, and the Grand Floridian. If you aren’t too familiar with this area, it means that they are all on the boat system, SO when you camp at the campground, all you have to do to get to Magic Kingdom is take a 5 minute ferry boat ride directly to the entrance! That is a MASSIVE time and hassle saver. No buses, no parking, no monorail… it’s amazing, quick, and you’ll feel like a VIP showing up in style.
Not to mention, Disney doesn’t skimp on anything & that includes their campgrounds. Though you may have memories of staying at dingy campsites from your childhood – this is the complete opposite! It is a resort itself. Gorgeous pools, playgrounds, and bathroom facilities with shower rooms that are as well kept as you would see in any of their hotels. We always expect the best when we come to Disney and they never let us down.
So now I bet you are wondering, where do we stay?? Sleeping with kids in a tent seems like a chore… Trust me (we tried that once) and it is! BUT, we have the best solution for you. There are companies that will deliver campers & RV’s directly to Disney for you – just adding to the no hassle experience. On this trip we had the pleasure of working with Meacham’s RV. A few months back, we booked out trip with Disney and then simply contacted Carrie & Andrew at Meacham’s RV who helped us find a camper that would be perfect for our family. They were so accommodating in assisting us with choosing one that had enough space for us, our stuff, and even took into account that we would need to setup a Pack ‘n Play for Landon to sleep in. The day of check-in, Andrew came with the beautiful camper, set everything up in less than 20 minuets time and suddenly we had our own first class accommodations!
You know why this is even better than staying in a hotel!? First, this camper sleeps up to 10!! Do you know how many hotel rooms you would need to purchase to sleep all those family members? A few at least…
Next, you have a full kitchen and bathroom. We brought our own food to cook breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks! The savings just in food alone are crazy compared to eating out for every meal of your vacation. Plus, you aren’t limited to cereal or boxed foods that can be stored in your hotel room. We had sausage, eggs, hamburgers, hotdogs, s’mores, you name it!
It’s also SO nice to have a place to go in the middle of the heat of the day. You can come into your fully air conditioned house, essentially and that is invaluable in the Florida heat.
Andrew & Carrie were ready and willing to help us with whatever we needed & were only a text away. The entire process is so simply, guys. I hope I’m starting to convince you of how much fun this whole process is! Beyond the camper, they provide all the towels, extra necessities like dish soap and toilet paper, and they even rent out golf carts – which are a blast to get around the campgrounds in!
Fort Wilderness has so much to do – and although we only got to stay a day this time because of the evacuation notice, we did squeeze in some fun down by the Marina. Heath & Ryland rented one of the resort’s little boats and took a half an hour tour around the lagoon, even getting to see the castle from the water! Fort Wilderness offers rentals on boats, canoes, fishing poles, golf carts and they have so many activities such as nightly movies shown on a massive projector around a campfire. It’s honestly a blast.
There is nothing like getting to spend quality time with your family! Even though our 7 day vacation got cut short to 3 days, we are blessed to have these memories together!
Let me know any questions that you have about camping at Disney and be sure to check out Meacham’s RV when you are ready to book your stay!
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